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Title: Examining the influence of parental emotion socialisation and parent emotion regulation on child emotion regulation
Author: Tan, E. H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7231 4279
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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The development of emotion regulation has been the focus of much research due to its long-term impact on an individual’s wellbeing and mental health. Parents often play a crucial role in fostering the development of emotion regulation in their children. This thesis seeks to understand the influence of two parent factors: emotion socialisation and emotion regulation on children’s emotion regulatory abilities in three parts. Part One of the thesis is a systematic review of the existing literature that examines the relationship between parental emotion socialisation practices and child emotion regulation. The studies suggest that supportive emotion socialisation is associated with better child emotion regulation, and unsupportive emotion socialisation is associated with poorer child emotion regulation, indicating the importance of parents’ emotion socialisation practices in the development of their children’s regulatory abilities. Part Two of the thesis is an empirical paper examining the relationship between parent and child emotion regulation. Children were observed across three time-points on two emotion regulatory tasks (fear and anger episodes, Lab-TAB). The raw data for the fear episode was jointly managed with Nikki Lim-Ashworth, another trainee. Parent emotion regulation strategies that worsen others’ emotions predicted reduced child emotion reactivity in the fear episode and an increased use of redirected action strategies in the anger episode. Parent emotion regulation was also found to have a significant relationship with their emotion socialisation practices. The final part of the thesis is a critical appraisal discussing the research rationale. It explores the process of undertaking this project and raises additional clinical and research implications of the findings.
Supervisor: Fearon, P. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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